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The are three reasons why the West Midlands Metro Mayor job may not have attracted a strong short-list of candidates

The closing ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Why are we so scared of aiming high? A Commonwealth Games bid would show ambition

This week we look at Commonwealth Games, election foul play and the new IKEA store

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Hammond: Quitting EU will damage car industry in the Midlands

The Foreign Secretary tells Jonathan Walker that the stakes are too high to consider leaving Europe

More details have emerged about the future of the former LDV site in Washwood Heath

Birmingham wins tug of war over former LDV land

Ruling means site will be shared between HS2 and manufacturers in major jobs boost for the city

Birmingham city centre as seen from the press box at Warwickshire Cricket Club.

Contest to become the first mayor of the West Midlands has already begun

Labour has begun to think about how it will choose a candidate for next year's West Midlands metro-mayor election, but jockeying behind the scenes is already underway

Liam Byrne with his father Dermot

Birmingham MP reveals misery of growing up with an alcoholic parent

Liam Byrne in call to help children of adults with drink problem as he tells of his own family history

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Moderates must find an answer to Jeremy Corbyn, says Byrne

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne launched a battle for the soul of the Labour Party as he warned that “moderates” needed to explain how they would cut inequality

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne organised a letter signed by 19 MPs calling for greater investment in the region

MPs call for Chancellor to up devolution offer in exchange for elected mayor

Politicians set out devolution demands after fears the region is being relegated to status of Sheffield

Chancellor George Osborne, here with Madame Peng Liyuan and Chinese President Xi Jinping, is under fire after diverting this week's Chinese state visit away from Birmingham to Manchester

'George Osborne's got it in for us' say city MPs

Chancellor under fire from Birmingham politicians over apparent snub to the city during this week's visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping

David Jamieson with weapons collected in a recent knife amnesty

A West Midlands mayor could lead to lower crime rates, claims David Jamieson

Police commissioner claims says all-powerful regional figure could be more effective

MP Liam Byrne has voiced concerns about Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital

'Meltdown' of NHS services in east Birmingham behind hospital's £30m black hole

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MP Liam Byrne: Cuts to GP and social services to blame for the spiralling £30 million debt at the Heart of England NHS Trust

Rise of strident young councillor showing she has talent to Byrne

Those outside Birmingham’s political bubble, or the Washwood Heath community, could be forgiven for never having heard of Mariam Khan – but that is beginning to change after a series of increasingly high-profile appointments and events.

Only the best will do for Greater Birmingham

Same old faces being tipped to become 'Metro Mayor' for the region suggest that the search needs to be widened

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones says the West Midlands must have an elected mayor if it wants a devolution deal similar to Greater Manchester's

More pressure for elected mayor to lead West Midlands Combined Authority

Ministers spell out that region needs mayor to win significant new powers but West Midlands council leaders draw up proposals for system without clear leader

MP Liam Byrne

Liam Byrne vows sit-in if HS2 railroads deal to use land for jobs

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne has condemned HS2 Ltd for failing to listen to the concerns of Birmingham City Council and MPs.

Jess Phillips, the newly elected MP for Yardley

Region's MPs keep it in the family as claims revealed

Commons publishes allowances and interests

The Blairites are taking back control of Labour - and Yvette Cooper is their candidate

The Blairites have been quiet for years but they haven't gone away - and now they see a chance to reclaim their party

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper

Birmingham Labour MPs back Yvette Cooper for leadership

No nominations for favourite Andy Burnham as majority of Birmingham MPs back Shadow Home Secretary

Coun Ansar Ali Khan

Probe into Birmingham Labour councillor's victory

Politician Ansar Ali Khan won the Washwood Heath ward seat with 78 per cent of the vote which has now been challenged amid claims of undue spiritual influence

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

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